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Performance

Idiotology

Klim Kozinsky’s debut production is based on two works: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and Gottfried Leibniz’ Monadologie (1714). Leibniz formulates the model of an ideal world, at the center of which lies a soul, or its more simple form – a monad. Achieving an understanding of this world by means of reason, the soul develops and gradually rises to its Creator. But no philosophical dogma is capable of embracing the world: in its efforts to embrace life, it destroys it. The clash of ideas and reality give rise to war. Prince Myshkin, being either spiritually blind or a genius, is charmed by the idea of unifying two worlds: the world of divine law and the earthly world. Myshkin tries to change the nature of things, to arouse the soul’s memory of divine principles, thus violating the natural course of things.

In Russian with English subtitles.

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